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Annie Freud interview: ‘Why I’ve finally embraced the family name’

The poet talks about grand bohemian circles, being a late starter and saying no to a nude to be painted by her father Lucian Freud

Annie Freud lives on a smallholding in Dorset with a dog, sheep, chickens and her second husband Dave, a retired electrical engineer she met on the internet, who took her on a first date to Hackney City Farm in east London.

The author of three collections of poetry, the first published in 2007 and the newest, The Remains, this month, Freud’s is a story of literary achievement late in life, after some false starts, disappointments and two previous careers – one as an embroiderer and another in local government. Last year she was by far the oldest of the latest batch of Next Generation Poets, selected from writers who have published their debut collection in the previous 10 years.

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